The Ultimate Texas Hideout
Paradise in a
By Logan Hawkes
Way out in West Texas, the days are long, the sunsets breathtaking and the stars shine brighter in the night sky than any place else on Earth. But there is a price to pay to see this last-great-wilderness of Texas. The weather can be brutal, there's little ground water to sustain you, the rattlesnakes, mountain lions and black bears are always around you, and in the summer, you can cook your brain on the sidewalks - if there were any.
The Big Bend of Texas is a remarkable desert wilderness in the northern reaches of the famed Chihuahuan Desert, a harsh geological landmark that stretches 800 miles south to near Mexico City. It's a harsh and unforgiving country, largely wild and lonely with big skies, soaring summer temps and abundant wildlife that far outnumber their human counterparts.
It is home to Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park, great destinations for RVers looking to escape to a remote and majestic stretch of Nowhere. You can park the buggy for a day, a week or a month and never tire of the phenomena of this mysterious and powerful region.
You would assume, of course, that RVing this vast wilderness area can be taxing. You must give up many of the comforts of home, right? Not so if you leave the RV parked an extra day or three and indulge your self in some of the finer things of life at Texas' most beautiful hideout, Lajitas Resort, located nearby.
Lajitas, The Ultimate Hideout, is a 25,000-acre private estate nestled between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park. A mixed-use development, the property includes a 92-room resort, private club, and real estate division. Among the outstanding amenities at The Ultimate Hideout are the Ambush Golf Course, Agavita Spa, Lajitas Tennis Center, Hunt Club and Lodge, Equestrian Center, Red Rock Outfitters, and several restaurants including the gourmet Ocotillo.
As a Leading Hotel of the World, Lajitas boasts five-star service and luxurious accommodations.
Once the hideout of famed Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, the 25,000-acre retreat has been transformed into an Old West town complete with hotels, lodges, saloons, restaurants, shops - even a calvary fort. But don't expect the prices to be as reasonable in the days of the Old West. This resort is exclusive and expensive, and you can expect to drop a bundle if you're going to enjoy the place to the fullest.
Be warned, you may fall in love with the place. And if you're so inclined to pull up roots and move out the desert wilderness, there is real estate for sale, choice homesites overlooking some of the most remarkable scenery in the United States.
There are plenty of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, historical and wildlife tours, night riding on your own horse, world class tennis and golf and hunting expeditions. If you would rather pamper yourself, you might try the retreat's Agavita Spa rejuvenates with treatments based on the healing desert flower agave.
Five Star dining is also available, especially at the famed Ocotillo Restaurant. Renowned for his flair with wild game at Hudson’s on the Bend in Austin, Chef Jeff Blank is serving up a twist at the Ocotillo Restaurant that he terms “cowboy cuisine born on the banks of the Rio Grande.”
Venison chili topped with a jalapeno cheese cowboy biscuit and baked in a tin cup; bone-in cowboy cut rib eye grilled and topped with a West Texas cabrito enchilada and a mole sauce; and hot and crunchy trout with a Texas prickly pear glaze are a few of the Cowboy Cuisine offerings at the Ocotillo
If you're into golf, the Ambush is a championship, 18-hole golf course every bit as unique as Lajitas itself. The Ambush plays to 7,042 yards from the back tees and features four holes on an island in the Rio Grande. The difficulty of this Bechtol Russell course is deceiving as it increases in difficulty from hole to hole.
And - if you're looking to spoil yourself in decadent splendor but don't want to drive the rig that far into the remote world of Big Bend, good news. You can leave the rig in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and other select airports and call a taxi. The taxi, of course, is a plush private jet that will whisk you away to the resort's private airport - the Lajitas International. Just be certain to bring the Gold Card.